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Niseko Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Niseko (Hokkaido), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:04am on Thursday 23rd March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW 3-7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:04am
2cm
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 8:31am 6cm
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 20th March 2017, 8:03am 0cm
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:09am 0cm
Friday 17th March 2017, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 23cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 73cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 678cm

Good morning.

I have 2cm more fresh snow to report since my last report here near Hirafu base.

There's still a fair bit of cloud around at the moment, but lots of blue sky too and the sun is shining through my windows.

It feels like it should be a fine day, though there's still the chance of snowfall there on the forecast through until tomorrow.

I need to get myself over to Sapporo today and so the report is going up before resorts open, but I would imagine them opening as planned come 8:30am.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, 5cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.6°, W10m/s, 40cm snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -9°, W15m/s, 50cm snowdrift development, snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, NW10m/s, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: NNE7m/s, 1011hPa, wave 2.0m, Benkei Cape NNW11m/s.

The small low pressure system is still hanging around with strong winds at higher elevations and snow fall mixed with graupel. Above 800m elevation wind is over 10m/s and snow drift growth on leeward slopes and knolls has been up to 50cm. From observation, avalanche conditions are unstable. All gates are expected to be open dependent on lift operations.

The mountain has returned to winter conditions. Kozen no sawa sidewall, Osawa cornice face around 1000m and Higashi One cornice slope, the avalanche risk is high due to snowdrift growth over the last day. Avoid riding these areas. In south facing strictly off limits areas surface slab avalanches will easily occur, fracturing on Mar 21 layer. Never enter these areas.

Below 800m the snow in the trees is reset, but you are still hitting the bottom. Be careful loosing control and hitting obstacles. Pay attention to holes and cracks covered with new snow. This information is issued to prevent accidents out of bounds. Have a safe day. .

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 23rd March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas should be open as normal this morning

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 23rd March 2017
(View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 23rd March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
23rd March 2cm 4cm 0cm
22nd March 6cm 0cm 1cm
21st March 0cm 3cm 0cm
20th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 8cm 1cm
Previous 14 days total 23cm 61cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 73cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 678cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 23rd March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
73cm
[678cm]
-
[678cm]
-
[678cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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